Jack Quaid Reveals His Parents Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid ‘Encouraged’ Him to Pursue an Acting Career

Jack Quaid arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Rampage" at Microsoft Theater on April 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Jack Quaid arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Rampage" at Microsoft Theater on April 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Steve Granitz/WireImage


If Jack Quaid needs any advice about working in Hollywood he knows who to call. The 25-year-old actor’s parents are Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan.

“If I’m ever like, ‘What does this mean?’ they’ll calm me down,” Jack told Us Weekly at the Wednesday, April 4, premiere of his new sci-fi action movie Rampage in L.A. “It was nice because I really had people who had succeeded at what they do to look up to as I was growing up.”

Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan attend the premiere of 'Hurly Burly' on December 21, 1998 in Los Angeles, Califorinia.
Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan attend the premiere of ‘Hurly Burly’ on December 21, 1998 in Los Angeles, Califorinia. David Keeler/Online USA/Getty Images

Ryan — who has starred in hits including When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail — and the American Crime Story actor ended their 10-year marriage in 1998. Jack was 8 at the time of their split — and he clearly adores them both.

“Most parents if you say, ‘I’m going to try to be an actor,’ they say, ‘What are you talking about, that’s not a viable career,’” Jack told Us on Wednesday. “But they’re two people that have done it and succeeded at it, so they encouraged me. When I said, ‘I want to do what you guys do,’ they were like, ‘OK. Go for it.’”

Jack made his film debut as Marvel in the 2012 installment of Hunger Games and appeared in its 2013 sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He still keeps in touch with cast members including Jackie Emerson. “I saw Jackie the other day,” he told Us. “We’re working on a Mario musical, the two of us. It will be like a fun comedy show. It’s just some random idea I came up with and she decided to help!” 

Jack is next set to lead Amazon superhero series The Boys. The show, which is slated to premiere in 2019, also features Gossip Girl alum Chace Crawford.

With reporting by Nicholas White

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